Colin Kaepernick tells New York Daily News writer and activist, Shaun King, that he’s ready to return to football.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick–if you can call him that–has been in the headlines since the beginning of last year. First for sparking league-wide National Anthem protests but now for being unsigned.
There are different opinions and theories about why Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job in the NFL but what is undebatable is his talent level and his ability to quarterback in the league–at the very least as a backup.
Yet despite his skill and many NFL team’s need for a quality backup, Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job.
New York Daily News’ Shaun King recently spoke to Kaepernick and asked him if he still wanted to play football–I guess because some people assume being socially conscious must equal a lack of desire to continue your career. Kaepernick told King,
“Yes. I’ve never stopped. I’m ready now. Working out daily.”
There have been several people who have suggested that Kaepernick needed to publicly express his desire to continue his NFL career, which is odd because the man didn’t retire or walk away from the game, he became a free agent.
I asked Colin, “Do you want to play football?”
His answer: An emphatic “Yes. I’ve never stopped. I’m ready right now. Working out daily.” https://t.co/5UF9wnLaGT
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 17, 2017
Understandably so, Kaepernick refused to beg for a job. That decision wasn’t based so much on pride as it was an unnecessary and somewhat degrading request. After all, how many other NFL QBs have to publicly profess their love and dedication for the game in order to get a job–I’ll wait.
But King is a friend of Kaepernick. Sitting down with him and talking football was more candid than it was devised. And if being friends with a reporter has its perks, one could be him quoting you on something that could help your cause if made public.
Week 2 of the NFL season is underway but there’s plenty of football left to play. It’s not too late for an NFL team to give Kaepernick a job, but the question remains will he get one.